Opinion

Debit card for jurors good idea

Editorials

Blair County’s decision to step into the 21st century regarding jury duty pay isn’t a major development. Nevertheless, the move demonstrates a commendable commitment to efficiency — efficiency that’s a basis for saving money and county employees’ time, now and in the future. Rather ...

State legislature must leave our benefits alone

Letters to the Editor

On Jan. 19, there was a story that some “economists” are suggesting that our state lawmakers use the state personal income tax for other than working people. They are suggesting that our overpaid, underworked state legislators tax social security and other retirement benefits. I ...

Board members right to explore savings

Letters to the Editor

AASD, what is wrong with trying to save money? My thanks to the newly elected Altoona Area School Board members who are doing what they were elected by the people to do and are trying to find ways to save the AASD taxpayer money. I fail to understand why any AASD board member would be ...

Good news for AMED, Lakemont

Editorials

Details of what prompted AMED’s decision to pursue construction of a $500,000 substation are secondary to the fact that this longtime Altoona area emergency-services provider will continue to be a first-class responder for those whose well-being and lives depend on its excellent professional ...

No way around it: Spending must be cut

Letters to the Editor

After reading the Mirror on Jan. 19, I have to ask myself once again: When is it enough? It appears some of our elected representatives are considering taking more of our money to support their spending addiction and we become the suckers. If they have their way, retired Pennsylvania ...

Commissioners want to set record straight

Letters to the Editor

In a letter to the editor published in the Jan. 5 Mirror, the writer made numerous incorrect statements that compel us to respond. He seems to assume that the current board of commissioners made the “conscious decision to not contribute to the (county) pension fund.” The fact is that no ...

New tax law could contribute more confusion

Opinion

Hate the Internal Revenue Service? Worried that you won’t be able to fill out your returns correctly under the new tax law? Do not take it out on the poor IRS employee who could not answer your tax question, even after you spent a half-hour on hold. Blame the GOP-led Congress, which, in ...

Sportsmen deserve honest advocacy

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to rebut the letter titled “Political web traps state outdoorsmen” (Jan. 12) by Ted Hildabrand. Hildabrand’s unfounded, untruthful remarks were a slanderous campaign against my organization, Firearms Owners Against Crime (FOAC) and an unwillingness to comprehend the ...

More ‘regular’ reassessment makes sense

Editorials

Most Blair property owners who haven’t yet gotten over their indigestion over the first countywide reassessment in 58 years, carried out in 2016, obviously weren’t elated to learn that the county commissioners already are talking about another reassessment. But the reality is that the ...

Reopening of school will fall to taxpayers

Letters to the Editor

Our illustrious Altoona Area School Board is mulling a decision to reopen a school that should have never been closed in the first place. Washington - Jefferson Elementary was closed by the school board in a move that was protested by parents, and the school board members being who they are ...

Voters need confidence in system

Editorials

With the integrity of the United States voting system so much a topic both before and after the 2016 presidential election, the incentive should be in place for all of the 50 states to examine their individual systems, identify those systems’ strengths and problems, and fix whatever might be ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Hollidaysburg council too self-serving During the last Hollidaysburg Borough Council meeting, the board voted 5-2 to allow the demolition of a 1905 building within the heart of the historic district. The Historical Architectural Review Board, given the responsibility of recommendations ...

‘Proud he was my president’

Opinion

Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who created the international scholarship program that bears his name and that has produced 59 Nobel Prize winners among its estimated 360,000 alumni, was not, for entirely legitimate reasons, a humble man. Admitted to the University of Arkansas at 15, ...

Pa. hurts small business for casinos

Opinion

In the spring of this past year, the Pennsylvania House passed a bill allowing liquor license holders in the state of Pennsylvania the opportunity to install up to five video gaming terminals (VGTS) in their place of business. Our lawmakers had the chance to gain substantial, recurring ...

Once again, Altoona must address bullying

Letters to the Editor

My name is Levi Beers and I’m a father of three children in the Altoona Area School District. Last Friday, Jan. 12, a number of AASD students who attended the Hollidaysburg basketball game heartlessly and brazenly began mocking the tragic death of an opposing player’s mother. Many in ...

Hollidaysburg will lose more than a mill

Letters to the Editor

The Borough of Hollidays­burg must eventually decide if a valuable piece of its residential district should be permitted to be paved over and built upon, in the best interests of the First United Methodist Church. Bell Street is a quiet, tranquil, secluded and picturesque residential ...

Papers should be exempt from tariff

Opinion

The viability of local newspapers, including the Mirror, is being challenged by the proposed newspaper tariff on the import of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada — the type that is used to print this newspaper and others across Pennsylvania. Simply put, newspapers in the commonwealth ...

New school won’t guarantee success

Letters to the Editor

New schools and new trends in education do not make students more intelligent. The evidence proves that. In the last 20 years, America has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on new schools, changed education methods, and the students are worse off. In the meantime, the students of ...

Immigration reform plan still critical

Editorials

Some members of the national press corps made much of a meeting at the White House last Tuesday to discuss immigration legislation. President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties spent a substantial amount of time talking about the issue — with reporters present. Normally in such ...

Voucher plan bad for public schools

Opinion

Someone once said that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” When I think about some legislators’ latest tuition voucher scheme, that sentiment comes immediately to mind. For the third or fourth time in the last quarter ...